2,493 ft
Distance
49 ft
Climb
-127 ft
Descent
00:04:47
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Headrace Trail
  • Trailpro
    since 2018
    Builder

Headrace Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    Lake Mangamahoe
    New Plymouth
  • AKA
    Buddahfinger extension
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Easy
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Roller Coaster
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in E-Biking
  • Year Opened
    2018

Starts with a hand-built section from the end of Buddhafinger with a short sharp climb, then descends down the entry chute (see below) to a flowing digger built roller coaster style flat track that follows the river to the northern end of the MTB Park. At the end there is a short sandy section before you turn back towards the rest of the park and climb gradually through turns to come back out onto the gravel road not far from the entry to Ara Hoki.

Once you are on the digger built section, the grade is more Grade 2 than 3.

Trail alteration - Headrace Trail:
The NPDC have completed an inspection of the Lake Mangamahoe Low Head Dam, the small dam situated next to the part of the Headrace trail. There are currently some dam safety concerns around the dam which have been highlighted.

Thus as recommended by the NPDC, we have closed the last part of the trail and you now exit onto Forestry Road somewhat earlier via the red line shown in the attached photo. You then can ride up the road to Ara Hoki etc.

Access Info

Take care on the steep entry chute from Buddhafinger. Control your speed and keep to the inside. Can be accessed off the gravel road after the entry descent for those not wanting to do the handbuilt section.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Headrace mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -78 ft
  • Altitude min
    383 ft
  • Altitude max
    482 ft
  • Altitude start
    482 ft
  • Altitude end
    404 ft
  • Grade
    -3.1%
  • Grade max
    -34.7%
  • Grade min
    14.5%
  • Distance climb
    663 ft
  • Distance down
    1,516 ft
  • Distance flat
    243 ft
  • Avg time
    00:04:47
  • Avg reverse time
    00:05:21
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Status:
on Feb 19, 2021
Dry
Avg: 3 (1 votes)

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  • Closed

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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to headrace trailhead (-39.112910, 174.130910)
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      Headrace Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Feb 19, 2021 @ 4:27pm
      Feb 19, 2021
      chopped back all the overhanging vegetation and opened upsome of the overgrown sections
      Feb 19, 2021 @ 12:16pm
      Feb 19, 2021
      Feb 9, 2021 @ 8:51am
      Feb 9, 2021
      Feb 3, 2021 @ 9:00am
      Feb 3, 2021
      Jan 6, 2021 @ 12:41pm
      Jan 6, 2021
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 10 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 274 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      All
      • 992 rides
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      Feb 14, 2019 @ 8:35pm
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      Dec 16, 2018 @ 10:37pm
      Dec 16, 2018
      21 |
      Dec 16, 2018 @ 10:37pm
      Dec 16, 2018
      37 |
      Dec 16, 2018 @ 10:37pm
      Dec 16, 2018

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